Thanks to Matt Moore, I was reading this research on the concept of life based learning; that learning for work is not restricted to learning at work . Although the research was published in August 2006, it creates a nice framework for the application of social media and virtual worlds for a networked, passion based learning experience.
“The premise underpinning life based learning is that all learning is interrelated, so it is not easy to separate learning at work from the other types of learning adults do. Learning is a multi-dimensional experience and we engage in a lot of learning other than professional development. Much of this ‘extra-curricular’ learning influences our thinking and our work practices.
Through life based learning, we acknowledge multiple sources of learning that open up opportunities for developing our capability. The challenge is how to recognise, capture, support and utilise this more open-ended approach for the benefit of both the individual and the organisation.”
Life based: learning as an integrated and interconnected ecology
The key characteristics of life based learning are that it:
- Emphasises capability development
- Promotes a strength based orientation to learning
- Recognises multiple sources of learning
- Balances integrity and utility
- Shifts responsibility for learning to the individual
- Shifts the role of organisations to that of enabler
- Acknowledges that contradictions are strengths
- Invests in developing the whole person
- Acknowledges human dispositions as critical
- Appreciates that change is qualitatively different.
The research also discussed values to support life based learning. Consider the impact of these values to the implementation of online social networking.
“The research identified a set of values that are emerging as fundamental to living and working in the Knowledge Era, values that need to be reclaimed in the workplace. Significant amongst these values are:
• for the self:
– trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, engagement, selflessness, equanimity
• with others:
– generosity, collaboration, humility, openness, tolerance
• together as a group:
– taking responsibility instead of blaming others
– planning and implementing wisely
– being positive and looking beyond the immediate impact
– balancing personal and work needs
– being supported in taking risks
– supporting community”